What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?
The war has come home.
For over forty years, Art Keller has been on ...more
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It was everything I hoped for and more. Brutal criminals, sometimes even more brutal law enforcement, international drug wars, politics, and the absolutely fabulous Ray Porter relating it all in that powerful voice of his.
At this point I feel like Don Winslow and Ray Porter are a part of my life. I've spent dozens of hours with them both and to be honest? I'm going to miss them.
Does Art Keller finally get somewhe ...more
The Border is the final concluding chapter to Winslow’s magnum opus, his trilogy about the long-running drug war. Like the first two lengthy chapters in the trilogy, The Power the Dog and the Cartel, The Border is a broad, sweeping epic telling multiple storylines. However, unlike the first two books, along with the glorious rich characters and history, Winslow included thinly-veiled political smear attacks which were unnecessary to the story and cheapened his art.
After finishing 2005’s The Power of the Dog, he’d felt he said his piece on the war on drugs. Then, nearly a decade later, he sat down at a keyboard and started typing what would become his follow-up to The Power of the Dog, The Cartel. After that, he was positive he was finished.
Then came Trump. All the talk about walls. Mexicans as rapists and the never-ending opioid epidemic pushed Winslow back into the world he swore he’d left behind.
Hello darkness ...more
He tweeted: "Reading THE BORDER, by Don Winslow (out next month). Man is a balls-to-the-wall storyteller. A harsh, important book. Favorite line so far: "The difference between a hedge fund manager and a [drug] cartel boss? Wharton Business School."
And another tweet: "THE BORDER, by Don Winslow: Everyone in America--left, right, and center--should read this book. It's social fiction to rival Tom Wolfe and John Steinbeck. Foc ...more
Winslow is on a roll here, and is talking about this and other topics in his press tour. The quote he gives the Los Angeles Times il ...more
An epic tale. A modern masterpiece from an absolutely brilliant writer.
Following on from The Cartel, Art Keller’s war on the drug trade continues, but now the war has crossed the border into the USA.
So many aspects to this story. The fight for power between the drug empires, the politics and corruption, the police and DEA battles and reluctantly deciding where to turn a blind eye for the greater, long term good.
Even the side sto ...more
Last year, Winslow announced the release of the final chapter in the story of D ...more
Perhaps a little too much for a novel that was meant to be an epic conclusion, but you can't blame Don Winslow for throwing everything at the wall. And he throws everything: a heroin epidemic, corrupt politicians, a power vacuum in Mexican cartels, the whole world he spent twenty-years building like a Cathedral-maker is coming undone. And it looks eerily like our world. Perhaps a little too much.
Perhaps a little too much is a recurring theme in this novel. It could ...more
This book locks you in within 5 minutes of starting it, and it does not let up until the last words.
I would HIGHLY recommend reading the first two books in the series if you have not done so yet. It will help give this story a lot more power, and it will greatly help with certain understanding of parts.
I've seen some reviews about this book being too political. I agree, it is very political, but then again, the drug war ...more
Is this book too long at 664 pages? I can’t say that I was completely enthralled with every word of this, but I like the fact that Winslow has enough juice as a writer to make the novel as ...more
Windows sordid stories of Mexican cultural cruelties backfire as he tries to make a political statement that only CNN and MSNBC viewers will love. Morning Joe should offer him a lot of facetime. Pathetic, sir. Sorry I wasted my time with your progressive drivel.
The weakest points are the one hundred page recap at the start of the book, it’s been about five years since The Cartel and Winslow thinks we need to retread some old ...more
The Bobby Cirello thread is particularly satisfying, but there’s a 38-page section set in youth detention which transcends the genre. (You been holding out on us, Donnie?)
Not as wrenching as The Cartel, though frequently as harrowing. Loose ends of this trilogy should linger with readers indefinitely, as a master means them to.
His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death An ...more
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“Exactly,” Keller says. “And what was the result? An increase in drug exports into the United States. In modeling the war against terrorists, we’ve been following the wrong model. Terrorists are reluctant to take over the top spots of their dead comrades—but the profits from drug trafficking are so great that there is always someone willing to step up. So all we’ve really done is to create job vacancies worth killing for.”
The other major strategy of interdiction—the effort to prevent drugs from coming across the border—also hasn’t worked, he explains to them. The agency estimates that, at best, they seize about 15 percent of the illicit drugs coming across the border, even though, in their business plans, the cartels plan for a 30 percent loss.
“Why can’t we do better than that?” a senator asks.
“Because your predecessors passed NAFTA,” Keller says. “Three-quarters of the drugs come in on tractor-trailer trucks through legal crossings—San Diego, Laredo, El Paso—the busiest commercial crossings in the world. Thousands of trucks every day, and if we thoroughly searched every truck and car, we’d shut down commerce.”